Touchet (Too-she) is a rural farming community in South- Eastern Washington. Area farmers raise alfalfa seed, wheat, hay, and Walla Walla Sweet onions. Florida Power and Light has a business office in Touchet, where they manage one of the largest wind farms in the west. Forage Genetics, the largest alfalfa seed marketer in the USA, has a world class research facility here. The surrounding Walla Walla Valley, includes many world class wineries and tourist attractions.
Do you want to be a part of our team?Consider bringing your fundraising and organizational skills and serving as a member of our Board. Most of our volunteer board members plan to serve for approximately 5 years when they begin. We need fresh volunteers to step up and rotate through as other members step down after many years of service. A revolving flow of new board members will help bring fresh ideas and enthusiasm, while learning from the experience of veteran board members.
Would you like to help with our fundraising? The TEF Dinner & Auction is held in the Fall, at the Touchet Gardena Lions Club. This is our largest fundraising activity and there is always lots to do!
Do you have computer skills? You could help keep the website updated and help students and parents become familiar with the website and scholarship application.
Please contact us to learn more about ways that you can assist the Touchet Educational Foundation fulfill our mission to help students succeed in their educational goals.
The Touchet Educational Foundation was established in January of 2003. The purpose of our non profit organization is to provide scholarship funds for students as they graduate from Touchet High School and begin college or vocational training. We award a merit scholarship to every senior who participates in our fundraising and turns in a completed application on time, and also offer additional
scholarships for students who meet various eligibility requirements.
The Touchet Educational Foundation also offers scholarship opportunities for Touchet graduates who have attained college level, junior standing (or higher,) and are pursuing a bachelors or advanced educational degree.
Helping Touchet graduates in their pursuit of higher education
Touchet Educational Foundation
Board Member, joined the TEF board in 2017, after volunteering several years, helping & leading the kitchen at our fall fundraiser. Jessica and her husband Jose are the parents of Anjel ('16), Laura ('17), Emilie ('24) and Mikey ('25).
Carol (Riley) Hopkins
Secretary, Touchet High School class of '87, graduated from the University of Washington with B.A. in Business Administration '93. She, husband Chris, and their sons Nickolas ('17) and Nathan ('18) returned to the Walla Walla valley in 2000. Carol has volunteered as the secretary since 2003.
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Board Member, joined the TEF board in 2018, after volunteering when her son, J.W. ('16) was a senior. She is employed by Whitman College and she and her husband, Kevin, have been generous supporters of our scholarship programs for years.
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Board Member, was not raised in Touchet, but if you have ever seen her "Touchet Indian Pride" at a football game you wouldn't know it. She moved to Touchet in 1976 with her husband, Dave, raised two Touchet Indians, Doug ('86) and Darin ('92). She has been a "behind-the scenes" supporter since 2003 then in Fall of 2013 became a board member.
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Providing financial support for Touchet graduates in pursuit of educational opportunities, and encouraging community support for higher education.
Board Member, has re-joined the TEF board, after helping us get started and serving on the board in 2003-2004. He has been a local farmer and businessman since graduating from Touchet in 1965 and father of three THS grads, Ronnie ('86), Dawn ('87) and Windy ('94). He and his wife, Dana, have been great TEF supporters over the years.
Vice President, was born and raised in the Tri-Cities and graduated from the University of Washington. She moved to Touchet in 2001 and served 9 years on the Touchet School Board. Sandra is the coordinator for the Community Scholarships.
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Treasurer, Class of 1973, Melissa attended Washington State University, obtaining a B.A. in Music History and Theory in 1978, and a Master's of Adult and Community Education in 1979. Melissa worked for 5 years as a University of Minnesota Extension Educator before returning to graduate school at Penn State. After completing her M.S. in Agriculture Economics, she worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In 2012 she retired and moved back to Touchet.
Marilyn (Adams) Schaecher
President, Class of 1972, and Good Samaritan School Graduate with a Diploma in Nursing. Along with her son Eric ('12) returned to Touchet in 2003 to assist with the care of her parents. She has been a fan, class volunteer, member of the Touchet Booster Club and Treasurer of the Touchet School Supporters. She is currently working full time at the Walla Walla Clinic as an office nurse for the Endocrinologist working towards being a Certified Diabetic Educator.